Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan pinned Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay in 9:56 (***)
Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano submitted Chase Owens, Jay White & EVIL in 8:35 (**¼)
Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa pinned Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI in 15:46 to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Crew Championships (***¼)
Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Nice-O-Khan in 18:44 to retain the NEVER Openweight Championship (***½)
El Desperado pinned El Phantasmo & BUSHI in 23:12 to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (***¾)
Kota Ibushi pinned Tetsuya Naito in 27:50 to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship (****)
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We’re again to Osaka-Jo Corridor for the second evening – and as soon as once more we’ve bought English commentary by way of the distant studios of Kevin Kelly, Chris Charlton and Gino Gambino…
United Empire (Will Ospreay & Jeff Cobb) vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima
We’ve a leap begin as Ospreay and Cobb assault Kojima and Tenzan earlier than the bell, taking them outdoors and throwing them into one another.
Ospreay goes again inside for a plancha… however he hits his personal man and will get taken again to the ring as Kojima and Tenzan batter him from pillar to publish. Tenzan appeared just a little unhappy that Kojima took his Mongolian chops, earlier than the slingshot elbow/falling headbutt led to a pinning try on Ospreay.
Kojima goes in for Machine Gun chops on Ospreay… Cobb tries to avoid wasting, however finally ends up chopping his personal man because the Empire had been misfiring. Cobb takes Kojima off the highest rope as he went for a flying elbow, however a DDT took care of Cobb as Ospreay finds a method again in with a forearm off the center rope.
Cobb’s again to cut away on Kojima, earlier than a flying stomp to a draping Kojima will get Ospreay a two-count. A forearm to the intestine doubles-over Kojima, however a powerbomb’s escaped as a Koji cutter buys time… in comes Tenzan, who boots Ospreay to the nook for some headbutts and chops. The common variety, thoughts you.
A brainbuster drops Ospreay for a two-count, earlier than Tenzan short-circuits on a Mongolian chop. Ospreay capitalises with a springboard forearm, then introduced Cobb again in… just for Tenzan’s spinning heel kick to maintain Cobb on the again foot. Kojima’s again to land a suplex for a near-fall, however Ospreay catches Kojima from behind because the Empire double-team Kojima into the nook.
Ospreay throws Kojima in direction of Cobb for the Spin Cycle, getting a near-fall, earlier than Ospreay mocked Tenzan with Mongolian chops. Cobb will get in on the act too… however lastly Tenzan’s had sufficient and breaks out a metric tonne of Mongolian chops of his personal… and that’s not a DQ. A TenKoji Cutter adopted on Cobb, however Ospreay makes the save… solely to get taken out with an Anaconda Buster.
The top got here when Cobb appears to be like for a Tour of the Islands… however Kojima escaped and completed him off with a Cozy Lariat for the win. So… what was the take care of the Mongolian Chops if there’s no repercussions? That win appears to be like to spice up Kojima going into subsequent month’s New Japan Cup, so there’s that at the very least. ***
Bullet Membership (Jay White, EVIL & Chase Owens) vs. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
The Bullet Membership trio had combined fortunes yesterday, with Jay White being the one one leaving with a win…
Ishii begins… so Jay White immediately tags out as Chase Owens opens issues up, hitting the ropes for some forearms on Ishii, who will get winded from the consequences of yesterday’s match early on. Ishii shrugs it off and chops White into the nook forward of some elbows, just for White to capitalise on the harm he inflicted yesterday by throwing Ishii again into the nook.
Ishii’s thrown outdoors, so Gedo and Dick Togo might take their photographs, with White getting some two-counts again inside. A slam from EVIL results in Owens beginning the dishonest belly stretch, with some further leverage, because the Bullet Membership appeared to power a stoppage. Lastly Ishii will get free, taking down all three opponents earlier than making the tag out to Yano, who goes proper for the nook pad.
Gedo distracts, however will get pushed off the apron as Yano bopped EVIL on the top… twice. Owens returns with elbows, solely to run right into a Manhattan drop as Okada is available in. He takes a bell clapper for a two-count, earlier than White and Ishii are available in for his or her aggressive line dancing that ends with a suplex from Ishii.
Owens’ lariat removes Ishii earlier than Okada countered Chase’s Jewel Heist into the Cash Clip… and Chase faucets. That’s a transfer to place you in your house on the cardboard, huh? A wonderfully wonderful undercard tag that raises questions over Ishii’s standing for the New Japan Cup – don’t anticipate a future from him! **¼
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Crew Championship: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI vs. Guerrillas of Future (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c)
These two groups break up the wins in singles motion yesterday, and we’ve a leap begin as Goto and YOSHI-HASHI go for the champions.
Some double-teaming ended rudely when YOSHI-HASHI was left laying after a powerbomb. Sentons atomico hold YOSHI-HASHI down, earlier than Hirooki Goto got here in and suplexed Tama Tonga onto Tanga Loa for a near-fall.
Tanga lands a leaping kick to knock Goto again, earlier than a battle of clotheslines knocked each males down. YOSHI-HASHI and Tama Tonga tag in, with a Head Hunter taking down Tama forward of a Western lariat that will get a two-count. A Tongan Twist turns it again round for a two-count, with the Guerrillas double-teaming YOSHI-HASHI forward of a neckbreaker for one more two-count.
YOSHI-HASHI tries to struggle again, however takes a again suplex/neckbreaker for a two-count as Goto breaks up the duvet. Guerrilla Warfare takes care of Goto, with a Magic Killer dropping YOSHI-HASHI for a near-fall because the Guerrillas had been seeking to finish this effectively. Escaping a splash within the nook, YOSHI-HASHI finally ends up hitting a ‘rana on Tanga Loa… however he’s simply pancaked by Tama Tonga.
Lastly YOSHI-HASHI will get the tag out, however Goto’s early hearth is stopped by way of a Jado distraction. He’s again with a double clothesline, earlier than YOSHI-HASHI superkicks Tama Tonga head of a GYW that just about results in a title change. A GYR appears to be like to observe, however Tanga Loa makes the save as all 4 males keep within the ring, sparking a short Parade of Strikes that left everybody laying.
YOSHI-HASHI batters Tanga Loa with elbows, then hit a again cracker earlier than Tama Tonga makes use of misdirection and leapfrogs to attempt to catch out Goto… just for Veleno to get blocked, As an alternative, Goto hoists him up for a superkick-assisted ushigoroshi, however Tama’s up at two earlier than Tanga Loa threatened a belt shot. The referee takes care of that, however misplaced observe of Jado cracking Goto within the again with a Kendo stick as a Gun Stun will get Tama the win. The weirdness apart of YOSHI-HASHI being KO’d by that early powerbomb, this was a reasonably respectable tag match with YOSHI-HASHI having to come back from behind – however in the long run, it’s Bullet Membership interference that will get the W. ***¼
Apparently each workforce who’s attacked first on this present has misplaced their match. Hmm…
NEVER Openweight Championship: Nice-O-Khan vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (c)
A rematch from WrestleKingdom, the place O-Khan took a loss to Tanahashi… will second time be the appeal?
Tanahashi has to flee the Eliminator early, as O-Khan saved going for that. A Mongolian chop misses, with Tanahashi going low on a dropkick to ship O-Khan to the surface. O-Khan baits in Yota Tsuji, which drew Tanahashi into O-Khan’s clutches as he’s Snake Eye’d on the apron earlier than O-Khan held up Tanahashi for Tsuji to have a shot… however in fact, he couldn’t as English commentary was calling out Tsuji as maybe keen to take that shot.
A facet Salto suplex from O-Khan again inside will get him a two-count, earlier than he labored over Tanahashi’s left leg. O-Khan’s leglock ends within the ropes, so he takes Tanahashi into the nook for a seat, earlier than Tanahashi appeared to struggle again… just for a throat thrust to cease him. Tanahashi fires again with a forearm off the ropes, then with a slam and a flip senton for a two-count.
O-Khan appeared to reply, however Tanahashi targets the knee with a Dragon screw and a dropkick within the ropes, organising for a Cloverleaf that forces O-Khan to tug himself to the ropes for a break. Tanahashi goes for a Twist and Shout, however O-Khan throws Tanahashi’s head into his knee damaging it extra within the course of, earlier than a entrance suplex left each males laying.
Getting again up, O-Khan took Tanahashi into the nook for a Mongolian chop to the again, then pulled Tanahashi into the Tree of Woe for a baseball slide kick that will get a two-count. A pancake retains O-Khan forward, earlier than he went for a Head Claw… Tanahashi tries to counter with one in all his personal earlier than a palm strike breaks it up.
O-Khan punches out Tanahashi after utilizing the referee as a human protect… and now right here’s Yota Tsuji with a chair. He slides it into the ring for Tanahashi to make use of although, which he does as a drop toe maintain noticed O-Khan fly into the chair. A Twist and Shout adopted, however O-Khan is again with a boot earlier than the Eliminator was countered right into a Slingblade… Tanahashi heads up high for Aces Excessive, however whiffs on the Excessive Fly Movement!
O-Khan hit again with a shotgun dropkick, then a diving shoulder sort out, nevertheless it’s not sufficient. A clothesline traps Tanahashi within the nook, however he rebounds with a pair of Slingblades, just for a lariat from O-Khan to dump him for a near-fall, earlier than an Iron Claw stretch led to Tanahashi being spun out to the mat. From there, O-Khan requires the Eliminator, however Tanahashi switches it right into a crucifix and snatches the pin from there! The outcome shocked me drastically, however as soon as once more Tanahashi managed to make use of his expertise to eke out a win – regardless of O-Khan’s makes an attempt to sway Tanahashi’s greatest fan (at ringside). ***½
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Phantasmo vs. El Desperado vs. BUSHI
That is to crown a brand new champion after Hiromu Takahashi vacated the title because of damage…
Phantasmo tries to cost on the bell, however everybody sidesteps as he’s despatched outdoors as BUSHI and Desperado went at it. Headscissors from BUSHI are blocked, earlier than Desperado sweeps BUSHI’s legs to ship him into Phantasmo for an early one-count. BUSHI recovers with extra headscissors, earlier than a bulldog/dropkick combo took out Phantasmo and Desperado for a two-count.
Phantasmo takes over, crotching each BUSHI and Despy within the high rope… then went up high for a again senton onto Desperado on the highest rope. Some biting from Phantasmo results in a spot of rope-walking that ended with him getting crotched as BUSHI capitalises with a see-saw DDT onto the apron on Despy… then a springboard ‘rana again to ELP within the ring for a two-count.
A tope suicida from BUSHI wipes out Desperado earlier than ELP’s springboard physique press met them each on the ground. Heading into the aisle, ELP rips open Desperado’s masks, then dropped him with a cradle piledriver on the ramp earlier than he took the stays of Despy’s masks. Oh boy.
The Younger Lions scramble to cowl up Desperado’s head, as Phantasmo stomps on the masks… then punted the masks skyward. BUSHI’s nonetheless within the ring and will get thrown into the nook, however an overhead kick and a missile dropkick takes ELP again to the surface forward of a slingshot ‘rana.
Again inside, Phantasmo chucks BUSHI into the nook earlier than he ripped off BUSHI’s shirt and punched him with it. Choking follows, earlier than ELP flipped right into a Fuel Pedal on BUSHI, following up with a springboard crossbody and a Quebrada for one more two-count. ELP slows it down just a little with a chinlock on the mat, then took BUSHI up for a whirlibird neckbreaker that retains the near-falls coming.
ELP steadies himself for a giant splash off the highest, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not sufficient to place BUSHI down… however right here comes Desperado, with a sore neck and a brand new masks! A spear drops ELP, however aggravates the neck some as Desperado mounted ELP for some punches, earlier than a clothesline knocked ELP excessive and to the surface… with Desperado following that up with a tope con giro!
Again inside, Desperado rolls a suplex and takes ELP up high for a superplex… which BUSHI helps as he sundown bombs Desperado for a near-fall. BUSHI tries to get a pin over ELP too, however no cube as a again cracker dropped Despy for one more two-count, earlier than ELP will get tied up within the ropes.
BUSHI tries to get the win, however to no avail as he hits a lungblower on Desperado, solely to get thrown out as ELP tries to steal the pin. Phantasmo requires the CR2, however he turns it right into a Kinds Conflict for a two-count, with BUSHI hitting a crucifix to drag him out of it. Phantasmo boots Desperado within the ropes and goes for a One Winged Angel… earlier than El Es Claro practically stole the win for Despy!
Desperado retains going with a spinebuster, then Numero Dos, however ELP rolls out of it and pulls the tights to get a near-fall. Pinche Loco adopted from Desperado, however Phantasmo counters out, solely to take an Angle slam. From there, ELP stomps on Desperado’s foot, then hits a buzzsaw kick… earlier than CR2 ought to have gotten the win, however BUSHI grabs the ref to cease the rely. Reasonably than, you realize, break up the pin?
A operating lungblower from BUSHI follows for a two-count, earlier than he went up high for MX… however Sudden Demise stops him in his tracks! BUSHI rolls to the surface, so ELP can’t capitalise. Desperado can although, ducking one other Sudden Demise to punch out Phantasmo as he ultimately lands Pinche Loco… then rolled by way of to hit a second… and that’s the win! Desperado ends busy week by profitable each the junior tag and singles titles, wrapping up a three-way that heated up in direction of the top. I wasn’t too struck on how lengthy this was one-one-one after Despy had been laid out very early on, nevertheless it performed into the end, so at the very least it wasn’t for nought. ***¾
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs. Kota Ibushi (c)
For the primary time since they made “double gold” a factor, we’re solely getting one of many two titles defended as Tetsuya Naito appeared to win the Intercontinental title for a seventh time.
Each males are coming in with unhealthy knees – with Naito particularly lacking latest reveals because of damage. They begin by locking up into the corners, earlier than issues went to the mat as Ibushi trapped Naito with some headscissors. An armbar adopted as they keep grounded, resulting in Naito backing into the ropes to interrupt a entrance facelock.
Resetting, Naito flips out of a wristlock however will get tripped up as they find yourself within the corners once more. Elbows from Naito hammer down Ibushi because the referee’s chucked apart… a pop-up dropkick to the knee has Ibushi down, earlier than Naito took him to the surface for some extra stomps to the knee. Ibushi stumbles as Naito tries to whip him into the boundaries, so Naito elbows away on the knee some extra, hoping to maintain the double-champion on the deck.
A modified Determine 4 retains Ibushi down forward of a rope break… however Naito drills the knee into the mat some extra as Ibushi stays in hassle. Ibushi fires again with a diving kick, then with a standing moonsault, however Naito’s proper again in with a kick to the knee earlier than Combinacion Cabron caught Ibushi within the nook.
Naito retains going with a neckbreaker into the headscissors nelson, proper as my feed dropped out for a spell. It’s again as Naito and Ibushi traded elbow strikes… however one other low dropkick from Naito places him forward as he slides in for an ankle lock. Extra torque’s utilized as Naito scissored the knee as effectively, however the maintain ends within the ropes, so Naito simply fires in additional elbows trapped Ibushi within the nook.
A Diamond Mud off the highest rope, then a Gloria sees Naito push forward extra for a two-count as we cross the 20-minute mark. Naito teases a German superplex, however Ibushi slips free and lands a kick to get again in it… taking Naito onto the apron as he as a substitute appeared for a deadlift German suplex, folding Naito in half for a near-fall.
Ibushi retains going with a Bomaye, earlier than a Final Experience powerbomb dropped Naito for a near-fall. From there, Ibushi goes for Kamigoye, however Naito slips out and catches him with Valentia as a substitute earlier than Naito elbowed away on Ibushi to attempt to soften up for a Destino. Ibushi simply drops Naito with a lariat to cease all that, however he can’t get the Kamigoye off as Naito avoids it and runs in with a Destino for a near-fall!
A second Destino’s blocked as Naito’s pressured to elbow free… he does so, then runs right into a head kick. Ibushi adopted that up with a knee strike, then a Kamigoye to the again of the top. A second Kamigoye goes nowhere as Naito rolls his method free for a two-count, however in the long run the Kamigoye lands as Ibushi flops on high of Naito for the pin. A sluggish burner of a match that kicked into high gear at simply the fitting time – and Tetsuya Naito’s bid to wrestle SOMETHING again from his WrestleKingdom defeat ends in nought. ****
After the match, El Desperado got here right down to difficulty the normal problem for the Anniversary present – however slightly than or not it’s non-title, Desperado needed it for Ibushi’s belts, noting their prior match in February 2014 when Desperado misplaced to Ibushi for the junior title. Ibushi accepts it (though Kevin Kelly clarified whether or not it was for the titles is TBC), and there’s our primary occasion for subsequent week!
New Japan return on Thursday with their forty ninth Anniversary present from Budokan Corridor – a present that’s feels prefer it’s flown beneath the radar – earlier than the New Japan Cup begins the next day as a part of a run of 14 reveals in 17 days.